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Bill 31: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Operations Expenditures) No. 2, 2017-2018
First Reading of Bills

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Masi. The motion is in order. All those in favour? All those opposed?

---Carried

Bill 31 has had first reading. First reading of bills. Minister of Finance.

Bill 32: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures) No. 2, 2017-2018
First Reading of Bills

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Thebacha, that Bill 32: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures), No. 2, 2017-2018 be read for the first time. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 32: Supplementary Appropriation Act (Infrastructure Expenditures) No. 2, 2017-2018
First Reading of Bills

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Masi. The motion is in order. All those in favour? All those opposed?

---Carried

Bill 32 has had first reading. Item 19, second reading of bills. Minister of Justice.

Bill 28: Interpretation Act
Second Reading of Bills

Louis Sebert Thebacha

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River South, that Bill 28, Interpretation Act be read for the second time. This bill sets out fundamental concepts governing the rest of the Northwest Territories' legislation. It:

● sets out key principles of statutory interpretation;

● identifies the elements in a legislative text that are to be considered part of the text;

● provides standard definitions of commonly-used words and expressions;

● provides standard sets of provisions regulating aspects of the operation of all enactments, such as the effective time of commencement, the effect of repeal and amendment, the calculation of time, and the making of regulations; and

● provides standard sets of provisions regulating the powers of corporations, judicial officers, and public officers.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 28: Interpretation Act
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Masi. The motion is in order. To the principle of the bill. Question has been called. All those in favour? All those opposed?

---Carried

Bill 28 has had second reading. It is now referred to committee. Second reading of bills. Minister of Justice.

Bill 29: Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017
Second Reading of Bills

Louis Sebert Thebacha

Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River South, that Bill 29, Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017, be read for the second time. This bill corrects inconsistencies and errors in the statutes of the Northwest Territories. The bill also deals with other matters of a minor, non-controversial and uncomplicated nature in the statutes. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 29: Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Masi. The motion is in order. To the principle of the bill. Question has been called. All those in favour? All those opposed?

---Carried

Bill 29 has had second reading. It is now referred to committee. Second reading of bills. Member for Yellowknife Centre.

Bill 30: Health Statutes Law Amendment Act (Cremation Services)
Second Reading of Bills

June 2nd, 2017

Julie Green Yellowknife Centre

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Section 77(1) of the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act, I wish to advise the House that I have a conflict of interest in Bill 30, Health Statutes Law Amendment Act. This bill amends the Public Health Act to clarify that the Commissioner may make regulations respecting cremation and crematoria. Mr. Speaker, my spouse is a funeral planner and, as such, has a private interest in this bill. I will excuse myself from the Chamber during consideration of this matter. Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 30: Health Statutes Law Amendment Act (Cremation Services)
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Masi. Duly noted. You may be excused while we are dealing with Bill 30. Second reading of bills. Member for Frame Lake.

Bill 30: Health Statutes Law Amendment Act (Cremation Services)
Second Reading of Bills

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River North, that Bill 30, Health Statutes Amendment Act (Cremation Services) be read for the second time. Mr. Speaker, this bill amends the Public Health Act to clarify that the Commissioner may make regulations respecting cremation and crematoria. This bill also amends the Vital Statistics Act to define cremation and crematorium and prohibit cremation except by a funeral planner in a crematorium operated by a funeral planner. Merci, Monsieur le President.

Bill 30: Health Statutes Law Amendment Act (Cremation Services)
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Masi. The motion is in order. To the principle of the bill. Member for Frame Lake.

Bill 30: Health Statutes Law Amendment Act (Cremation Services)
Second Reading of Bills

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I'm pleased to recommend the Health Statutes Amendment Act, Cremation Services, Bill 30, for the consideration of this Assembly. This is a private Member's bill which proposes amendments to the Public Health Act and to the Vital Statistics Act. All Canadian jurisdictions except the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have legislation for cremation. The private Member's bill does not seek to create new powers with respect to cremation. It does not create any new regulatory structure to govern the performance of cremation. Above all, the private Member's bill does not require cremation. It does provide greater clarity for anyone designated to offer funeral services in the Northwest Territories, enabling service providers to include cremations within the existing system. Specifically, amendments to the Public Health Act will create the ability to make regulations for cremation and crematoriums, amendments to the Vital Statistics Act will define cremation and crematoriums and ensure that only a funeral planner can carry out cremations that are to take place in a crematorium.

I would like to thank all MLAs in this House for the unanimous support of the first reading of this bill and second reading. I believe that is good example of how consensus government can work. I look forward to your continued support in a public review of the bill through the Standing Committee on Social Development. Mahsi, Mr. Speaker.

Bill 30: Health Statutes Law Amendment Act (Cremation Services)
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Masi. To the principle of the bill. Question has been called. All those in favour? All those opposed?

---Carried

Bill 30: Health Statutes Law Amendment Act (Cremation Services)
Second Reading of Bills

The Speaker Shane Thompson

Bill 30 has had its second reading and is now referred to the committee. Second reading of bills. Minister of Finance. For the record, the Member for Yellowknife Centre has returned for the remaining of our procedures. Minister of Finance.

Bill 31: Supplementary Appropriations Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 2, 2017-2018
Second Reading of Bills

Robert C. McLeod Inuvik Twin Lakes

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I move, seconded by the honourable Member for Hay River South, that Bill 31, Supplementary Appropriations Act (Operations Expenditures), No. 2, 2017-2018, be read for the second time. Mr. Speaker, this bill makes supplementary appropriations for operations and expenditures for the government of the Northwest Territories for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.